Similar to the bountiful bouquet we’ve been discussing, your life is also like a ﬂower that unfolds with the passing of time. The Lord promises each of us that we are His “handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). We are beautifully and wonderfully made to walk in His ways and in His strength. This is meant to sound exciting to us rather than oppressive and exhausting.
Have you ever thought of your life as being like a battery that needs to be recharged on a regular basis? Likewise, when you plan in time for yourself to grow spiritually, to develop your spiritual gifts, to deﬁne and reﬁne your talents, and to grow as a person, you are recharging and unfolding. You are preparing yourself to bless others. If you want to have an inﬂuence on others, plan time for yourself.
First, be sure you are scheduling time to allow you to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). There is nothing that will sustain you, grow you, and prepare you for life’s activities than life-giving time with the Lord.
Also, look to your physical and emotional life as well. Are you getting the proper amount of sleep and healthy nutrients? Are you endeavoring to exercise a little each day? Do you need to pick up the phone and call to enroll in a special class or a Bible study or to make a doctor’s or haircut appointment? Do you need to purchase a book you’ve been wanting to read? Into the daily schedule these worthy endeavors go.
As you can see from this week’s devotionals, scheduling is a necessity in our busy and demanding world. Pray over your day of potential. And pray through it. And pray at the end of it. How desperately we need God’s clear direction and assistance our each and every day!
A Verse to Recall:
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
Learn more about the beauty, simplicity, and power of a life lived according to God’s principles in Small Changes for a Better Life by Elizabeth George.